10 tips to help you use Windows 10 effectively

Whether you’ve been using Windows 10 for years or have recently upgraded, there are many tips and hidden features you can learn to make your laptop faster and smoother every day. In this article, we share tips that will significantly improve your Windows 10 experience.

Windows 10 could be more efficient with these features

Being faster and more productive with your laptop or desktop is very important to many of us who still work from home, especially because of the coronavirus outbreak. For example; Finding the hidden Start menu and saving a lot more battery power with a few tweaks can significantly boost your productivity.

Microsoft doesn’t advertise its hidden features like Apple usually does. This can of course prevent you from taking full advantage of the computer you use every day. Here are tips that will help you use Windows 10 more effectively than ever …

By the way, how do you install Windows 10 if you haven’t upgraded yet? We recommend that you read our article about it.

1- Minimize all inactive windows

If your desktop becomes too cluttered with open windows, you can quickly shrink all windows except the one you are working on.

First, click to select the title bar of the window you want to keep open. Then hold down the mouse and quickly move the window back and forth. After a few moves, all other open windows will be minimized and only the window you moved will remain open.

2- Open the “Hidden” Start menu

As you know, you have to press the Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen or on your keyboard to get to the Start menu.

However, did you know that there is a second Start menu in Windows 10 that makes it much easier to access important functions such as command prompt, control panel, and task manager?

You can access the hidden Start menu in two different ways by pressing the Windows key + X or by right-clicking the Windows icon / Start button.

3- Create an event without opening the calendar app

The latest update for Windows 10 allows you to quickly add events to your Microsoft calendar directly from your taskbar without opening the calendar. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Click the time and date box at the top right of the taskbar.
  • Click on the date you want to schedule the event.
  • Enter the name, time and location of the event.
  • Click on Save. That is it. The appointment will then appear in your calendar app on your devices.

4- Take a screenshot

There are many ways to take screenshots for Windows 10. If you want to take a picture of your entire screen and save it, the easiest way is to press the Windows key + Print Screen key. You can then open that picture in the Pictures> Screenshots folder.

You can also press Windows key + Shift + S, which will open the Cut and Sketch tool, which allows you to click and drag on a screenshot saved to your clipboard to capture only part of your screen.

5- Find out how many space applications are taking up

Computers slow down as storage space decreases. One of the most effective ways to speed up your computer is to remove apps that are taking up more space than they should. Especially software that you don’t use regularly would be a good option.

You can go to Settings> System> Storage to see how much space an app is using. Click the driver you want to find and click Apps & games to see a list of the apps installed on your device and how much space they are taking up. Remain on your computer as “dead weight” even when you are not using it. Uninstalling applications can make your device run more efficiently and faster.

6- Close background apps

Applications running in the background can be running even when you are not using them. While it’s often useful for an app to stay up-to-date in the background, connecting to the Internet via a smartphone can quickly drain your battery and data.

To check which apps are running in the background and to conserve battery power, go to Settings> Privacy> Background apps. To prevent all applications from running in the background, check the “Allow applications to run in the background” option as “Off”. If you prefer, you can scroll down from the list on the same page and choose the applications you want to run in the background one by one.

7- See file extensions in Explorer

Microsoft hides file extensions by default. This makes it difficult for people looking for specific file types such as JPEGs and JPGs. You can follow the steps below to see the file extensions in File Explorer:

  • Go to the search bar at the bottom of the screen, type and click “File Explorer Options”.
  • Click the “View” tab in the window that opens.
  • Remove the check from the “Hide extensions for known file types” check box. Click Apply and OK. You can now see the file extensions for all files in File Explorer.

8- Open apps on your taskbar with keyboard shortcuts

Did you know you don’t have to click on programs pinned to your taskbar to open them? You can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + instead [Number key] along with the number key corresponding to the position of the program on the taskbar.

For example; Windows key + 2 opens the second item on the taskbar. This little tip is very helpful for users who don’t want to take their hand off the keyboard while typing passionately.

9- Remove ads in your start menu

If you are using Windows 10 with default settings, you will sometimes see some applications on the right side of your Start menu that are not installed on your computer. These are basically ads for Windows Store apps that you can buy if you want.

If you are tired of these ads, there is a very easy way to get rid of the ads in your Windows 10 Start menu. For this; Go to Settings> Personalization> Start and disable the “Show suggestions on startup occasionally” setting.

10- Avoid distractions with Focus Assist

Application and similar notifications when you perform a task on your computer can cause your concentration to drop. You can fix this issue with Focus Assist, a feature of Windows 10 added in the April 2018 Update.

First, go to Settings> System> Focus Assistance. Then choose from three options that appear: Off (receive all notifications from your apps and contacts), Priority (view only selected notifications from a priority list that you adjust and send the rest to your action center), and Alarms only (hide all notifications except alarms)

Also, let’s not forget that you can enable this feature automatically at certain times or while playing a game.

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